Curricula & Lesson Plans

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The following lesson plans are geared for children ages three through nine, though in library settings where siblings may come along, toddlers and older children have enjoyed the activities too. The lesson plans are interdisciplinary – they involve literacy, science and art on a water-related theme. We would love to hear from you on your experience using the lessons – please send us an email.


October 22, 2018 – We are updating all lesson plans! Bookmark this page and after November 1, 2019 for the latest release.


  • All the Water in the World about our drinking water supply – updated September 2018
  • Blubber and Booksupdated September 2018
  • Come Out of Your Shell all about Turtles
  • Critters Need Not Give Us the Jitters about aquatic insects
  • Fowl Into the Waterupdated September 2018
  • (Garbage) At the Beach!? on marine debris and trash in the water
  • Gone Fishing!  Great Lakes Fish and Fishing
  • In the Garden of Readin’
  • Reading in the Rain (and Under the Clouds)
  • Ride a Water Cycle
  • What Makes Water Special? properties of water


Does it Sink or Float?

Jump Around With Frogs

Once Upon a Pond


Think Like a Scientist – beginning to think like a scientist by observing and asking questions.

Simplified Scientific Method four of the many steps of the scientific method – a great start for preschool and early elementary school.


These curricula were developed by Wisconsin Sea Grant and its partners. To learn more about Wisconsin Sea Grant’s education efforts, visit the website.

Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack (updated 2018)
The Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help students and other groups learn about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species, the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Download the classroom guide (updated 2018) and species sheets (updated 2018)

Borrow an Attack Pack

ROVe Pack for the Classroom
Middle school students can experience the engineering process while learning about Great Lakes maritime history and underwater exploration with this loan-able pack. ROVe (Remotely Operating Vehicles and Engineering) provides a rich learning experience aligned to the engineering principles found in the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). The ROVe Pack provides the lesson plan and equipment necessary for teachers to carry out the engineering design process with their students as they build their own simple ROVs within a regular classroom while using common classroom supplies and a small children’s pool. To learn more about the ROVe Pack and accompanying curriculum, visit our webpage.

Borrow a ROVe Pack.

Fish-o-pedia Pack
The Fish-o-pedia Pack is an education pack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes fish. Each pack includes average size vinyl cutouts of twelve native and non-native Great Lakes fish. The pack also contains the Fish-o-Pedia cards – filled with facts and figures about each of the species. Also included is the 4th edition of The Life of the Lakes: a Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery (2019) Brandon C. Schroeder, Dan M. O’Keefe, and Shari L. Dann with Michigan Sea Grant. Lessons to use with the pack are available from the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.

Borrow a  Fish-o-pedia Pack

Great Lakes Basin Map
This 7 foot by 10 foot vinyl Great Lakes Basin map illustrates the 2,212 mile journey from the tip of Lake Superior out to the Atlantic Ocean. The map includes a depth profile of the lakes and major rivers within the system, shows the direction and volume of flow through each of the lakes, and represents the journey of water from Lake Superior out to the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about how to use the map.

Borrow a Basin Map